Blind Spot Series 2015

So I have seen this on a few blogs and I have decided that this year, I, too, will participate in a blind spot list. I was specifically looking at Ruth’s roundup at the beginning of the year, and this was the final deciding factor for me to finally just get to it.

Basically this series means that I pick twelve movies that I would really like to just get to already and then check them out each month of the year. I spent a little time thinking about which movies I would pick and these are the ones that I am thinking of looking into.

The Ides of March (2011)

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Synopsis: 
Stephen Meyers is a young idealist who’s brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris’s presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris’s opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris’s negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen’s romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What’s most important, career, victory, or virtue? – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: It just looks like it would be my kind of movie… politics and backed with a pretty strong cast? I am very interested!

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

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Synopsis: 
The place: a small town in the south of the United States. The time: the early 20th century. A black man is accused of raping a woman, and an idealistic lawyer gets to defend him. We start watching the reasons that make his defense far from easy; and that’s mostly because nobody in this town seems determined to believe in the guiltlessness of an accused negro. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
After reading the book and loving it, I would really like to see what kind of adaption it got. Hoping for the best!

The King of Comedy (1982)

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Synopsis: 
Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry’s show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
As a fan of Scorsese, this is one of the films that I have never caught yet heard so much about. Time to change that, I think.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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Synopsis: After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, California, Rita is the sole survivor but suffers mass amnesia. Wandering into a strangers apartment downtown, her story strangely intertwines with Betty Elms, a perky young woman in search of stardom. However, Betty is intrigued by Rita’s situation and is willing to put aside her dreams to pursue this mystery. The two women soon discover that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it:
Always one for a mind twist movie, I was told that if I was a fan of Donnie Darko, then I should check this one out. Who am I to argue? If I can find a flick to do with my head what Donnie Darko did, then I am front and centre. 

Amelie (2001)

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Synopsis: 
Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I continually come across this movie on peoples top ten lists, and some bloggers I highly respect have it on theirs and speak fondly of it. I think I am just going to have to get to this then, find out what all the talk is about whether the movie is deserving or not!

The Descent (2005)

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Synopsis: 
The sportswoman Sarah loses her husband and daughter in a car crash, but she survives. One year later, her friends Beth, Rebecca, Sam and Holly, leaded by Juno, invite her to explore a deep cave in the mountains. When the expedition is about three kilometers underground, a rock collapses and blocks the access tunnel, trapping the group inside the cave. With limited supplies, they try to find a way out, but sooner they face a hunger and savage breed of predators. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I want to finish it, that’s what that is about. I have started this movie a few times, never gotten past the first twenty minutes. I really just want to know what happens, and understand why this movie has such a fan base.

Magic Mike (2012)

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Synopsis: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Well, I was wondering about this one, but I was sold when my bestie, Natasha, expressed how she would simply love to get my opinion on it. Who am I to not oblige her request?!

Rush (2013)

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Synopsis: The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: I was such a huge Formula 1 junkie growing up. I was so pro Kimi Räikkönen it was insane. I loved McLaren, I loved my driver, I loved sitting up at midnight on Sunday nights to watch the races, though it meant I would go to school a zombie the next day. I don’t know, I was very big into F1. Things change, I’m not watching F1 anymore and I couldn’t tell you for the life of me what is going on in that world now. But I think that this would be a movie that I would enjoy, a serious biographical sports drama? Yep, well, let’s see if it does it for me!

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Synopsis: Set against the sweeping vistas of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, this film tells the story of two young men – a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy – who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Come on. This movie is infamous. Really, everyone knows about it, and it garnered a lot of heat and mockery in some places, and acclaim and praise in others. As for me, I have never seen it in its entirety, and considering I am a fan of Ledger and Gyllenhaal, this is just unacceptable and embarrassing. This is the year that I rectify that!

Love Actually (2003)

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Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Because I keep reading about it and I think the cast is pretty darn impressive and I really just need to get this off my damned watch list already!

Children of Men (2006)

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Synopsis: The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: I have been meaning to get to this for a while, and it is continually being recommended to me. Not only that, while I was thinking on it, my neighbour told me in no uncertain terms that this movie best make it onto my blind spot list so that I can finally get to it so we can have endless discussions about it.

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Synopsis: 
Aaron Cross, a new hero, experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by previous events. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I am a massive Bourne fan, but I was really not happy when I saw they were going to expand from a trilogy and that they were doing it without Matt Damon because, uhm… hello? Matt Damon is Bourne (and yes, I am aware that this is different). However, this has Edward Norton in it, who is always worth the watch, and I get a tic every time someone asks me if I have seen it. Gosh, let me just get it off my darn plate already.

So there are my twelve picks. I know that they are not all classics, but they are ones that I have wanted to see, have kept putting off, keep meaning to get to and have been recommended to check out on countless occasions. This is just the year that I tackle and assortment of films.

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40 thoughts on “Blind Spot Series 2015

  1. alexraphael says:

    You have got some great films to look forward to 🙂 King of Comedy is so funny and satirical. Mockingbird is so poignant. Amelie so sweet and romantic. Mulholland Drive so very Lynchian ha. Rush I wrote a review for, but i’d say exhilarating and perceptive.

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  2. theipc says:

    Dearest PJB,

    The Descent!!!! One of the only movies I’ve ever seen that actually gave me a scare. I have a funny story for you about that if you want to hear it….

    The only other one of these I’ve seen was Children of Men which I thought was good enough. It hangs its hat on three big scenes and the rest is….. ok, I suppose. I thought the end was kind of dodgy.

    I hope you’re having a GREAT weekend – It misses It.

    Love,

    IPSC

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  3. Nostra says:

    Nice to see you joining this. Out of these I can’t stand Mulholland Drive… Love your first three picks. Love actually I haven’t seen either but know is widely loved. Might have to check that one out as well.

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  4. Natasha says:

    Dear Bkushi

    Great list! I will hopefully get mine sorted by Thursday or something. I think you will really enjoy Rush and hopefully Amelie (not your thing but you will like what they did with it)

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE MAGIC MIKE REVIEW!

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    • Zoë says:

      Bestest Kidney,

      I absolutely cannot wait to see what is on your list! 😀 😀 Looking forward to seeing how all my picks work out 🙂

      LOL. Sadist. I don’t even think you are making me watch it for science as much as something else you might be holding out for (possibly a freak-out????)

      Bkushi

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  5. rgagne says:

    I’ve seen 7 movies off this list. I wish you the best on your quest to watch them! 🙂 May I ask where this idea originated and what are the rules to creating such a list?

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! I am not precisely sure where it originated, it is just something I have seen a lot of bloggers do. Basically you pick twelve movies you have been meaning to check out, the ones you really want to see on your watch list but keep putting off. Then you watch one a month for the rest of the year.

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  6. vampireplacebo says:

    I’ve actually seen a few of these. To Kill a Mockingbird was great, although not as good as the book. Mulholand Drive was boring as all hell. Amelie is very, very over-rated, I was mostly bored through it. Same with Brokeback Mountain. Could barely stay awake long enough to appreciate the hunky man-love. Love Actually was ok, but is one giant cliché, and has a few of those “that’s not romantic, that’s creepy” scenes.

    But that’s my personal taste, of course. I’d be interested to hear what you think of them 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! Can’t wait to see what they’re all about 🙂 I really hope I am not bored through too many of them, it will really make this list a chore.

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      • vampireplacebo says:

        That’s exactly why I try (but mostly fail) to not make lists for things I want to watch or read. Because I always seem to end up with a bunch of things loitering at the bottom because, for one reason or another, I keep passing them up.

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  7. caragale says:

    YES to To Kill a Mockingbird, YES to The Descent, YES to Love Actually, YES to Children of Men…Mehhhhh to Magic Mike. Hahaha. Nonetheless, I am very interested in seeing your reaction. Nice picks, lady! Gosh, the Blind Spot Series kind of beats the crap out of Resolutions, huh? Lol. I should really do this some time…

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  8. table9mutant says:

    I love all these Blind Spot lists. I have soooo many movies I could put on my own list! A lot are in the IMDB Top 250 anyway so I’ll stick with one of my many unfinished projects for now. 😉 You have some great ones in here. I LOVE Rush!!!! It was my number one movie that year. And, no – not just because of The Hems. It’s just an excellent film. Brokeback Mountain was great and I think you’ll like Mulholland Drive. I did The Descent for the first time two Halloweens ago & it’s one of my favorite recent horror discoveries (as someone who really isn’t much of a horror fan). Children of Men & Amelie are great! Umm. Don’t know if you remember my Magic Mike review but I wasn’t a fan… I WOULD like to hear your thoughts on it! Lol. Looking forward to all these reviews. 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! Well, I have seen some of them. I remember your Magic Mike review, and the one strategically placed top hat hahahahaha! Yeah, I can believe that Rush wasn’t all about the Hems. I was extremely impressed with that. As for the rest, we will see.

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  9. returntothe80s says:

    Great list!! Being a guy, I’m not interested in Magic Mike. But other than that, I would like to see, or already have seen these. I haven’t seen To Kill a Mockingbird in years. But I do remember that it was good. And I think that one and “Of Mice and Men” were probably the only books that I enjoyed in school.

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  10. Ryan McNeil says:

    Heh, this is a really bad rabbit hole I’ve found myself tumbling down this morning.

    Basically, there are a bunch of blindspotters I didn’t know were participating this year, and it took me five months to discover some of y’all. So – apologies for not linking your pieces earlier, but consider your site now seated at this mad little tea party I seem to have unleashed!

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